“When you get into Bitcoin, you fall down a rabbit hole,” said Peter Smith, CEO of the bitcoin wallet provider Blockchain, during his speech at WIRED Money 2015.
The one-day summit that brought together innovators and leaders in the finance and banking, took place at The British Museum on Wednesday.
The event covered a wide range of topics, including the role of virtual currencies, issues of security, investment and crowdfunding. The speakers included Funding Circle CEO Samir Desai, Director of digital currency at MIT Media Lab Brian Forde, Visa Europe Executive director Jonathan Vaux, Ripple Labs CEO Stefan Thomas, TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus and others.
According to Smith, bitcoin could be used by people to prove their identities. “You only have a couple of million people in the world that have any kind of photo identification,” Smith noted. “Up until the year 2004, any high school user could make a driver’s license in the United States of America. You could print your own.”
Today, many people all over the world don’t have their provable identity. But Smith thinks the problem could be solved through crowdsourcing identity.
“Other verified people verify me… at some point it gets up to this threshold. Eventually you can build verifiable